Community Members, Organizations and Businesses Honored at recent Campaign Celebration

Great things happen in Greater New Bedford with the help of dedicated community members, organizations and businesses. That was the theme of last week’s Campaign Celebration hosted by United Way of Greater New Bedford held at the Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham.

“This year has been an exciting year for United Way,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “It was made possible by so many in our community and this event served as a recognition of their commitment to United Way and to the community as a whole.”

NorthStar Learning Centers was acknowledged with the Agency Partner Award for their continuous partnership with United Way and its work in the community with families and many initiatives.  Michael and Susan Kramer of Dartmouth, were this year’s LIVE UNITED Award recipients. The Kramers’ serve as wonderful role models of what it means to Live United through their willingness to give, advocate, and volunteer. The Island Foundation received the Community Champion Award for their outstanding contributions not only to United Way of Greater New Bedford, but to so many local organizations. “The Island Foundation’s willingness to fund local challenges and to improve the quality of education and life in general is unparalleled,” said Ms. Hantman.

Recognition of Acushnet Company as one of United Way’s largest contributors earned them several awards including the Rockefeller Award and the Major Firms Challenge Platter. BayCoast Bank, City of New Bedford, Lockheed Martin and Southcoast Health also received Rockefeller Awards. Nine companies were recognized with Corporate Excellence awards including BankFive, Bank of America, Bristol County Savings Bank, Depuy-Johnson & Johnson, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, High Point, Sylvia Group, Stop & Shop and UPS.

Brewer Banner of New Bedford was presented with the LIVE UNITED 365 Award for their loyal commitment to the United Way’s small business campaign. United Way also honored Acushnet Creamery with the Spirit of Giving Award for their creative way of raising funds during the Holiday Wishes program. AFC Cable Systems was awarded with the Loyal Supporter Award for their long-standing, continued support of United Way.

In addition to the company awards, longtime United Way volunteer Rhonda Leigh Silvia, of East Freetown, was awarded with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Nicole Luz of New Bedford was honored with the Community Leadership Award for her commitment to South End Engaged and the voice she is providing representing South End residents through her service.

Others recognized at the event included Loaned Executives and the Campaign Cabinet. Their service during the year assists in extending the reach of United Way. The Campaign Celebration was sponsored by BankFive, BayCoast Bank and Bristol County Savings Bank.

The United Way of Greater New Bedford is a non-profit organization that was established in 1953. The United Way brings together volunteers, community leaders, and corporate partners to provide quality programs and initiatives that achieve positive results.  Its service area, which has a population in excess of 197,000, includes the City of New Bedford and surrounding towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham.